Yannick Ngakoue on the move again, from Vikings to Ravens

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Just before the start of the season, the Vikings thought they might be one big-time pass rusher away from Super Bowl contention, and so they acquired Yannick Ngakoue from the Jaguars. It didn’t work out.

Now Ngakoue is on the move again, being traded from the Vikings to the Ravens.

The Ravens are sending a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 fifth-round pick to the Vikings for Ngakoue, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

That means the Vikings are getting back less than they gave up for Ngakoue: Minnesota sent a 2021 second-round pick and 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to the Jaguars to acquire him.

Ngakoue has five sacks in six games, so this isn’t an issue of him not playing well. It’s more an issue of the Vikings not playing well, and now deciding they’d rather get something back for Ngakoue. The Ravens are Super Bowl contenders and think he’s worth the price.

70 responses to “Yannick Ngakoue on the move again, from Vikings to Ravens

  1. Wow! What happened there? Was he more of a headache than they anticipated? Was he tired of losing? To purchase a player with a second round pick for only five games is indicative of bad front office management.

  2. Too bad they didn’t throw in a backup quarterback, no matter who it is, they’d be better than anything we have!

  3. Now if the Ravens can address their offensive line issues, e.g. get LG James Carpenter from the Falcons, they’ll really be set.

  4. He was playing solid but they were still bad so… to make a move like this is basically admitting that you’re not good enough and are giving up on the season. There’s no other way to interpret it.

  5. The Vikes have officially thrown in the towel and are in full-on tank mode. It’s going to be a painful couple of years until Cousins is out of town.

  6. What a joke. Trade away a high second round and now trade him away for a low 3rd in return (basically) Time for Rick to pack his bags. Zim is out also.

  7. For who though? they are to trapped with Kirk to go for Lawrence.

    Holy Smokes says:
    October 22, 2020 at 11:03 am
    Tanking???

  8. Watching Rick Spielman play with this roster is like watching Homer Simpson trying to solve a rubik’s cube.

  9. Dang, is this the end of Spielman? What a mess. With Hunter still on IR they most certainly needed a pass rush. Throwing in the towel for 2020? Somebody’s job should be on the line for the Cousins extension and this awful sign and trade and lose a round in the draft.

  10. so is he a locker room problem or is this another gem from the front office? you may recall some of their greatest hits, signing kirk cousins to an 84 mill guarantee and the follow up smash hit, signing kirk to a 66 mill 2 year extension lol

  11. Hopefully just one of several moves to come. The Vikings need to acquire as many picks as possible. Unfortunately, they’re getting back far less than what they gave up to get him. And they still have Spielman picking o-lineman, so the faith factor is low that they’ll truly improve their situation. And they still have Kirk Cousins as QB. Ughhhhhhhh……

  12. Vikings have 13 sacks on the season and he had 5 of them. Time to bring back Carl Eller and see if he can help?

  13. The “tanking” that teams do is always befuddling to me. Unless a team is completely rebuilding due to future CAP space hell, losing good or the best players on the team doesn’t make it easier the following season to be competitive. If I’m doing anything, I’m trying to acquire better players to improve my team.

  14. orivar says:
    October 22, 2020 at 11:04 am

    He was playing solid but they were still bad so… to make a move like this is basically admitting that you’re not good enough and are giving up on the season. There’s no other way to interpret it

    There are a LOT more ways (all of them more intelligent) to “interpret” it.

  15. Spielman needs to be fired now! When it comes down to it, we received a 3rd round pick, five sacks, and two forced fumbles for our second round pick. What a fabulous trdae Rick!!

  16. josh plum says:
    October 22, 2020 at 11:00 am
    Wow! What happened there? Was he more of a headache than they anticipated? Was he tired of losing? To purchase a player with a second round pick for only five games is indicative of bad front office management.
    —————–
    Who says this is for 5 games? And there’s 10 games left in the season. The Ravens don’t do anything without having a plan in place first. They’re not the Jets or Browns. They don’t give away draft picks. In fact they’ve traditionally been one of the stingiest teams with giving away picks mostly because they draft and develop players well. If they traded away a 2nd rounder you can bet they will attempt to resign him at some point. No way they’ll pay Huron at his price tag at the end of the year. They’ll let him walk. This was a lazy post clearly without knowing the team that you’re posting about.

  17. Yannick is from a very affluent part of MD, Bowie. Played at Maryland and now gets to star up the road on a team competing for a Super Bowl. You really don’t get this lucky as a professional. Happy for him.

  18. They brought him in knowing they couldn’t afford him next year but were hoping he could help them for one year on a superbowl run. Obviously that isn’t happening, so they flipped him for something. They lost a little and took a chance on a good player. I don’t think it’s a bad as some people make it out to be.

  19. Christopher Allan says:
    Go to bed 1-5 and wake up 5-1.
    ==

    Not a bad way to start your day, eh?
    Of course his color pallet stays the same, but he did upgrade to a slightly better shade of purple.

  20. Seriously, yes, it did turn out worse than we expected, but if we were 4-2 or even 3-, chances are he would not be gone. If Barr, Hunter were not injured, things would be different. It is better to get something now for him than waiting till end of the season and he does not sign and we straight out lose the 2nd round pick. I am not calling for Spielmans headand those that are, really do now know what they are talking about. He does not hit on 100% of draft picks, but which GM does. He is 1 of the top GMs in the game and we are lucky to have him. As for Cousins, last time I checked, he does not play defense. We cannot blame him by himself for all the losses. Tell me who is available out there that he could be replaced. Everyone needs to just mellow out and quit being immature and placing all blame on him. It is a team effort. People that complain about his contract, that happens to be the going rate for an slightly above average QB. It just is the way it is theese days.

  21. Come on Wilfs clean this house. You just got less than you gave again. Speilman, Zimmer, and Cousins need to go. Do it now before they cause more damage. This reminds me of how they gave away a 5th round pick for a kicker/punter who couldn’t do either.

  22. I just don’t understand this move. If you’re trying to rebuild you need solid pieces who are part of the solution and that’s what Yannick Ngakoue was providing the Vikings 5-sacks in 6-games! The only way this makes sense is Ngakoue is in the last year of his contract and the Vikings will be over the cap next year and already know they won’t be able to afford Ngakoue after this season.

  23. No worries…..Rick the —- will turn that 3rd round pick into 6-6th and 7th rounders sure to bolster the practice squad for years.

  24. I can’t fault the Vikings here. Ngakoue is a free agent next year and they have found out he’s not worth the money he’ll be asking for. Now, had he played better they might be interested in keeping him but he hasn’t played up to his contract. The Ravens will find this out and essentially are giving away a 3rd and conditional 5th to rend Ngakoue for the rest of the season. They realized they made a mistake by trading for him and now they’re trying to get at least something in return for a guy they don’t want to keep.

  25. They just got weaker on defense. Tank for Lawrence I guess. The Vikes aren’t going anywhere until they get rid of Cousins.

  26. Turning a high 2nd round pick into a low 3rd round pick in just 6 games.

    Rick Spielman is a Mortician.

  27. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    They just got weaker on defense. Tank for Lawrence I guess.
    ==

    Agree with the first apart.
    As for any attempt at tanking for Trevor Lawrence, they’re up against it. No matter who else the Vikings get rid of, no matter how badly they may play, can they be better at losing than the New York Jets, who are already a game up (down?) on them?

  28. I like the trade from the standpoint it means they’re willing to go into tank mode. I hate that they traded a high second for a low third. Seems like they could have done better. It’s really going to hurt to watch the Jaguars pick in our spot next spring.

  29. 11% pass rush win rate for a DE pass rusher thats like 32nd out of 48 possible. He wants 18-20m a year not worth it and you cannot afford it so get what you can its a smart move.

  30. The ‘Curse of Cousins’ has started (Trademark pending). Now we have a new Herschel Walker mess to clean up. Going to be a few seasons of this. Ugh.

  31. I’m a little surprised Miami wouldn’t have given up more to get him?

    Maybe they didn’t want to resign him after spending on Ogbah, Lawson and Van Noy.

    Still, Yannick makes a lot of sense for Miami. Oh well.

  32. As a Raven’s fan I’m thrilled!!! He’s a sack monster. Tied for 4th in sacks this season. The Ravens biggest weaknesses are 4 man pass rush without blitzing or sending DBs, and WR. This should take care of one. The blitzing to get pressure is exciting and all, but against the really good teams like the Chiefs, Steelers, Titans, etc, they eat it alive. Have to be able to get pressure with 3 or 4 to sometimes take the pressure off your secondary no matter how good they are.

  33. ariani1985 says:
    October 22, 2020 at 11:19 am
    Notice rick is wheeling and dealing while Ted Thompson is sleeping at the wheel once again!

    Notice rick is wheeling and reeling, while the Packers are fighting for the lead in the division. There fixed it for you!!

  34. Yannick is the head case who accused Richie incognito of calling him a racial slur 2 years ago in a playoff game against the bills. NFL Investigated and found no evidence incognito used a racial slur.

  35. ariani1985 says:
    October 22, 2020 at 11:19 am
    Notice rick is wheeling and dealing while Ted Thompson is sleeping at the wheel once again!

    Your Packer obsession has now gone from comical to farcical (look that up in your Funk & Wagnalls). Trading a 2nd for a 3rd is hardly wheeling and dealing. With their cap situation Rick just picked up more picks he can’t afford to sign.

  36. youngnoize says:
    October 22, 2020 at 11:35 am
    Yannick is from a very affluent part of MD, Bowie.
    ————————————————–
    Are you kidding? If not then you’ve obviously never been to Bowie. Nothing in PG county is “affluent”.

  37. The team is looking ahead to next years salary cap situation. They have dug a hole that will take years to get out of especially with the salary cap nose diving next year.

  38. ariani1985 says:
    October 22, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Notice rick is wheeling and dealing while Ted Thompson is sleeping at the wheel once again!
    __________

    skoLOL!!!
    You know what I truly love about my team?
    It’s the fact that the Packers would never raise the white flag, especially in October. How pathetic.

    GB might not have enough firepower to close out the season in Tampa this February.
    But at least I know when they go down, they’ll go down swinging.

  39. Viking fans are once again taking their dreaded “walk of shame” before Halloween.

    Truly hapless and tasteless.

  40. Trading big picks to trade for LESS??? Yannick was a locker room cancer, meeeee-first guy, and was all about his contract. He couldn’t get it, so he took way less to go to a terrible franchise, then becomes a cancer and gets traded for peanuts. That Jags locker room had to be the WORST the last 4 years….

  41. Didn’t the nfl step in and block a shady deal that would’ve sent Ngakoue to the Ravens a few months ago?. Maybe I’m thinking about Clowney

  42. Let’s face it, the Vikings need an infusion of talent and by stocking draft picks, they have a future because at 1-5, there is a present.

    The only downside to it is that Spielman is making the picks.

  43. vikings should continue to shop and take offers for other aging overpaid players and accumulate draft picks. Kendricks, Barr, Smith, Thielen, Ruldolph, and Cousins if you can even get anything for him. Its time to start over.

  44. “vikings should continue to shop and take offers for other aging overpaid players and accumulate draft picks. Kendricks, Barr, Smith, Thielen, Ruldolph, and Cousins if you can even get anything for him. Its time to start over.”

    You would never get anything of value for them. Teams don’t give up 1st,2nd rd picks for veteran players near or over 30.

  45. The Ravens issue isn’t defense. Their issue is if they fall behind, Lamar Jackson has proven incapable of bringing them back.

  46. Yannick gone as the Vikes head to Green Bay next weekend. A further division loss on the horizon?

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